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Specialists: noxious smoke from the fire claims more lives than the flames

The biggest damages during a fire are caused by flames, whereas noxious smoke from the fire kills more people, as noted by firefighting specialists.

FVS uncovered illegal sheep meat product trade

Inspecting an advertisement published on Facebook, Latvian Food and Veterinary Service uncovered illegal trade of sheep meat, canned meat storage and meat product distribution organized in an office building on Selpils Street, Riga, as reported by SRS.

Total costs of reconstruction of Mezaparks Grand Stage may reach EUR 77 million

The estimated costs for the reconstruction of Mezaparks Grand Stage may reach EUR 77 million, as announced by Riga City Council’s Property Department Direction Olegs Baburovs at the first meeting of the Song and Dance Celebration Council.

Summer-like weather expected on weekends; air temperature to reach +28° C

With much warmer masses of air flowing in from the west, Latvia will experience truly summer-like weather on 19 – 20 May, when air temperature will rise to +23° C… +26° C. In southern parts of Latvia, air temperature will even reach +27° C… +28° C, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian companies will be able to export halal products to United Arab Emirates

Latvian Agriculture Ministry has signed a memorandum with United Arab Emirates International Accreditation Centre to contribute to both countries’ cooperation in certification of halal products and accreditation of institutions, the ministry reports.

Men in Latvia: natural beauty is best for women

To find out the opinions of men and women in Latvia about true beauty and its importance, Dove organized a survey, as BNN was informed. Dove brand manager Kertu-Kai Põldvere says that with current beauty standards, it is becoming harder and harder to assess true beauty.

EM: Russia was Latvia’s fourth largest external trade partner last year

Last year, Russia was Latvia’s fourth largest external trade partner. Investment-wise, Russia was on the second place in terms of direct investments in Latvia, as reported by the Latvian-Russian regional cooperation group at a meeting in Pleskava.

Number of passengers carried by airBaltic grows 26%

In April, Latvian airline airBaltic carried 287,560 passengers to destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. This is a 26% increase when compared with last year, as BNN was informed by the airline.

Government simplifies conditions for attraction of qualified specialists from abroad

The lack of highly-qualified specialists, which is currently noted in a number of companies across Latvia, especially in processing industry and ICT, limits Latvia’s economic growth, rise of productivity and attraction of investments and with that the creation of well-paid jobs, BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

Deputies say cash register reform is pointless and outdated

Deputies say the cash register reform currently being realized by Latvia’s Finance Ministry is already outdated. It technical solutions were developed at the end of the 20th century and were first introduced in Sweden ten years ago, as reported by Latvian Traders Association.

Nearly a quarter of Latvia’s residents have very poor knowledge about blood pressure

23% of Latvia’s residents admit having very poor or no knowledge whatsoever about blood pressure. More than half of residents admit having only basic knowledge. Should the need for such information arise, 36% of residents look for it on the internet, according to results of a survey by Euroaptieka and ParSirdi.lv patient association.

Fiscal Discipline Council concerned about budget’s planned budget deficit

Fiscal Discipline Council supports the goal to improve the tax system. Nevertheless, the institution is concerned about the planned budget deficit level, BNN was told by representatives of the council.

EM: Latvia’s use of electricity connections becomes more effective

Latvian Economy Ministry has concluded that review of electricity transmission system’s tariffs and balancing of said tariffs has helped reach the desired goal – motivate a large number of users to reconsider the power output of their electricity connections and reject maintenance of unjustifiably high or unused connections.

Vinkele: a poorly planned school network would lead us into a dead end

«We are all hostages of the situation that will surface as a result of a poorly planned school network. Our children are hostages because they are unable to receive quality education, and this puts at risk not just their but also the country’s future,» said chairperson of Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee Ilze Vinkele.

Locis: RNP had tried artificially increasing its actual costs

Although on its website Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks states that the company is motivated to provide quality services, it is because of poor-quality services that the company’s name is often mentioned alongside different scandals and court processes, says member of the National Alliance Dainis Locis in relation to RNP.

Energy volumes produced by CHP plants continue increasing in Latvia

In 2016, the volume of electricity produced in combined heat and power plants kept increasing and accounted for 3,767.4 gigawatt hours (GWh), which constitutes 59 % of the total volume of electricity generated in Latvia.